Today I am going to attempt to explain reflexive verbs and reflexive pronouns, as they pertain to the German language.
Many languages make use of reflexive verbs, including German and English. However, German uses it far more frequently than English. But wait! What is a “reflexive verb?” In short, a reflexive verb is a verb whose subject and direct object act as the same thing. That’s a lot of grammar jargon to say, “a verb in which the person doing the verb and the person/thing being acted upon are the same.” For example, in English:
I wash myself. You wash yourself. Etcetera.
In bold above are the subject and direct objects respectively. Think of reflexive verbs as verbs which you use to say that you’re doing something to yourself.
This chart from: http://german.about.com/library/weekly/aa022601b.htm
tells us that, with the exception of sich, the reflexive pronouns in German are just regular pronouns:
Let’s take the reflexive German verb, sich waschen, which means to wash (oneself). If I wanted to say “I wash myself,” this is how I’d do it:
Ich wasche mich.
In bold again are the subject and direct object respectively.
I hope this helps and if you have questions, ask in the comments!